Media goes to court over signal jamming - As it happened

2015-02-17 09:30

Parliament's lawyer has told the Western Cape High Court that the National Intelligence Agency was responsible for the signal jamming at the State of the Nation.

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17 Feb 13:25

17 Feb 13:25

17 Feb 13:11

17 Feb 13:08
So Mbete admits that Parliament knew about the jamming device and Parliament's lawyer has admitted in court that the NIA placed it in the press gallery.

17 Feb 12:55

17 Feb 12:48

Arendse: We need at least a week to file a full affidavit. All the papers will be filed by COB on Monday.

Budlender suggests part A of the application be heard on Thursday. That is the urgent part of the application.


17 Feb 12:41
Arendse: We need at least a week to file a full affidavit. All the papers will be filed by close of business on Monday.

17 Feb 12:40
Arendse for Parliament: We will ensure that it won't happen again on our watch.

17 Feb 12:40
Arendse for Parliament: Says the National Intelligence Agency was responsible for the signal jamming.

17 Feb 12:38
Norman Arendse for Parliament says "we would prefer more time to file a proper affidavit."

17 Feb 12:36
Judge wants to know whether Parliament needs more time to file court papers.

17 Feb 12:36
Geoff Budlender: Policy on videofeed is "not law". I.e., law is debated in Parliament and signed by the President, policy isn't.

17 Feb 12:23
Milo: Sona is such a momentous event, and the public therefore have the right to view it uncensored.

17 Feb 12:21
Affidavit has not been signed yet. Advocate Milo now explaining arguments to Judge surrounding events at Sona on 12 February.

17 Feb 12:20
Judge reads part of unsigned affidavit from secretary of Parliament, giving undertaking that there will be no interference with signal.

17 Feb 12:17
Judge on the signal jamming: It affects democracy, it affects transparency.

17 Feb 12:07

Mbete: I don't think it bodes well for South Africans for us to be attacking each other. We have to protect our democracy.

And there ends the briefing.


17 Feb 12:07
Mbete says it is a department of state that owns the device, they will address us soon.

17 Feb 12:06
Mbete appears to defence "cockroach"statement by saying it's a matter outside Parliament and should not be discussed within it. If matters such as that are dealt with inside Parliament, there will never be time to address the real issues before the National Assembly.

17 Feb 12:05
Mbete addresses the media again. Finally.

17 Feb 12:04
Modise says it's up to Mbete to deal with "cockroach matter" and she'll deal with it at the right time. Apparently a press briefing that includes Mbete isn't the right place to address the matter...

17 Feb 12:03
Modise on the court challenge: it's fine, it can go to court.

17 Feb 12:02
Tau says matters outside Parliament should be dealt with as such.

17 Feb 12:01
A valid question...

17 Feb 12:00

Tau: the national chairperson of the ANC [Mbete] addressed a conference of the ANC, so that issue should not be debated in Parliament [that issue being Mbete calling Malema cockroach].

Again, Mbete skirts having to answer a question about something she had said.


17 Feb 11:58
Modise on who was the target: we couldn't have a target because we didn't internalise that one of those machines was a scrambler.

17 Feb 11:58
Thus far, Tsenoli and Modise have answered all the last few questions, Mbete hasn't said a word apart from accusing a journalist of insulting her by asking a question she didn't like.

17 Feb 11:57

NCOP chair Modise: while we were told about devices being brought in, we didn't ask for details.


17 Feb 11:55
Lawyers have just walked into court for the signal jamming case. Looks like it may start soon.

17 Feb 11:54
Modise: Oath says I will obey the constitution and all laws, all of us have taken the oath to respect, including joint rules.

17 Feb 11:53
Modise says if they were involved in scrambling, why would they have done it so early before Sona started. When we said "investigate secretary" we were not misleading the media or the public. That report will be tabled.

17 Feb 11:51
Modise says Parliament has no device to scramble signal.

17 Feb 11:50
Thandi Modise: NCOP (ANC) members stood up to give way to EFF members who were seated amongst them.

17 Feb 11:47
Thandi Modise: at a particular point, all members of EFF, including on NCOP stood up.

17 Feb 11:46
Tsenoli can't say why some points were omitted from minutes of house on SONA

17 Feb 11:44
Tsenoli: Can't logically disable (Sona) from being seen by the public. If there's any glitch, including jamming, it couldn't make any sense.

17 Feb 11:43
Deputy Speaker Tsenoli referring to EFF: It cannot be that people repeatedly do something wrong and then get away with it.

17 Feb 11:40

17 Feb 11:38
Tsenoli says security in Parliament for Sona includes the police. Exercises are part of scenario planning.

17 Feb 11:38

17 Feb 11:36
Journalist to Parliament/Mbete: You ejected EFF for being on their feet at Sona, you say, but ANC MPs were on their feet as well?

17 Feb 11:35
Meanwhile in Sandton, Johannesburg...

17 Feb 11:33

17 Feb 11:31
Reporter asks: Can you tell us which department had the device belonged to?

17 Feb 11:29
Reporter asks simply: How can we trust you again? Why were we lied to?

17 Feb 11:28

17 Feb 11:27
Reporters, clearly still incensed about last week's signal jamming, are not letting go of the matter and are hammering Mbete and others with questions. They look on stoney-faced.

17 Feb 11:26
Mbete just told media that they were informed on Wednesday of a plan for deploying "certain equipment" in Parliament.

17 Feb 11:22
Question from reporter: Were you aware before speech that their would be no signal in the house?

17 Feb 11:20
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